In a sensational case that has emerged, the Missionaries of Charity is facing several allegations of selling newborn babies. While the allegation is that the Missionaries of Charity in Jharkhand was unable to provide the records of 280 babies at its various homes, fast emerging facts in the case reveal the possibility of a mega racket which could extend to even foreign money and foreign forces at play.
Here’s a look at what we know so far.
As per reports, 450 pregnant women were brought to Missionaries of Charity hospitals, but the organisation founded by St. Mother Teresa could furnish only childbirth records of 170 babies which means that the records of a whopping 280 newborns in India are untracked to this point.
No, there is no evidence yet in the public domain to prove that the Missionaries of Charity sold every one of the 280 missing newborns. However, in an exclusive conversation with Republic TV’s Editor in Chief Arnab Goswami, ADG Jharkhand RK Mallik put on record that there is surety that at least 24 babies from Jharkhand who were born at Missionaries of Charity are missing.
According to the police, the racket involved the illegal trade and trafficking of children. At the time of publishing, one Nun and one staffer from the Jharkhand branch of Missionaries of Charity have been arrested in the case.
Shockingly, in the confession statement Anima Indwar, who was a staffer at Missionaries of Charity, has admitted to selling four newborn babies along with putting on record what the price-tag to each of them were.
CONFESSION STATEMENT (Translated from the original)
I, Anima Indwar, am working for Missionaries of Charity. I have been working with Missionaries of Charity since the last 5 years. I have been selling babies with Sister Konsalia, I am information about the same in this statement.
1) Jhunu Kumari's son was sold for Rs 50,000 to a family in Mohrabadi
2) Hemlata Murmu's son was sold for Rs 50,000 to a family in Kantatoli.
3) According to my information, baby was sold to Shabnam but I don't know much about. I don't know how much money was taken for the same
4) I took Karishma Topo's child from Sister Konsalia and sold her son for Rs 1,20,000 out of which I kept Rs 20,000 and gave Rs 1,00,000 to Sister Konseelia
The above information is being given by under my will, without any pressure
Date: July 3, 2018
According to police, the Missionaries of Charity racket was busted after a couple approached the Child Welfare Committee with the complaint that despite paying a sum of Rs. 1.2 lakh to a lady working at the organization, they did not receive a newborn baby as promised.
Speaking to Republic TV, the uncle of the allegedly duped couple said, “ They told us that the deal for the baby has been set at 1 lakh 20 thousand rupees. An agreement was done so that there is no foul play and all that. After that, the sister and mother of the child came to me and said that you please come fast or else we will go to jail. I will have to take the baby to court to show that the baby is with me. After I show it to court, I will give it back to you at 4pm. Since she did not turn up, we called her and asked her why didn't you bring the baby? She said the baby's health is not well and medications need to be given. Then we went to the mother teresa mission and they told me you will get your kid at 11 am tomorrow.”
As per ADG RK Malik’s interview to Republic TV, a total foreign funding of Rs 927 crore to Missionaries of Charity has been uncovered during investigation. While the investigating agencies are yet to draw a link between the foreign inflow of money and the alleged trafficking of babies, the angle is presently under probe.
While saying that the racket may have gone on for about four years, Malik said,“ There is possibility of violation of FCRA norms.”
As per the police, if there is a wrongdoing under Rs. 1 crore, the State CID will investigate the case. However, if the potential fraud is above Rs. 1 crore, the case is likely to be transferred to the CBI.
Meanwhile, it has also come to liught that the State Government of Jharkhand approached the Central Government vis-a-vis the case. The Child Welfare Committee is to file its final report, after which the true extent to of the racket will be ascertained.
In a conversation with Editor-in-Chief of Republic TV, Arnab Goswami, the Spokesperson of the Missionaries of Charity denied the organisational role in the racket. Sunita Kumar, representing the Missionaries of Charity said that selling of children had not happened. “ There is no reason that Missionaries of Charity are selling babies,” she said.
Kumar also said that she did not know where the babies were sold from.